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Alumni/ae News Online September 2014

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John Law '60,'66 (ThM) is interim pastor at Frederica Presbyterian Church, St. Simons Island, GA.

F. Harry Daniel '66 retired as interim pastor of Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Indialantic, FL.

William Johnston '66 (THM) '77 (DMIN) retired as pastor emeritus from First Presbyterian Church, Aiken, SC. He and his wife, Linda, recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary and he continues to serve as a volunteer pastor for senior groups.

Phil Leftwich '69, '77 (DMIN) is writer-editor for “The Neighbor,” a newsletter that celebrates the community of residents of the Braxton Condominiums in Ashland City, TN, near Nashville.



John Larson '71, '81 (DMIN) has resumed his retirement after serving as interim pastor of Smyrna First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN.

David Carriker '79, '01 (DMIN) is retired as pastor of Waxhaw Presbyterian Church, Waxhaw, NC.

Joan Gray '76 is interim associate pastor at Decatur Presbyterian Church, Decatur, GA.

Walt Peters '78, '07 (DMIN) is pastor in residence at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County (Maryland) for 3 months while the pastor is on sabbatical.

Chris Price '79, '98 (ThM) is pastor at Friendship Presbyterian Church, Concord, GA.



Ron Gilreath '81 retired as associate pastor of Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA.

Bob Gamble '82 (DMIN) is interim pastor of First Presbyterian Church of New Vernon, NJ, beginning in early October.

Mark Jumper '82 joined the faculty of the Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, VA, serving as assistant professor of Theological and Ministerial Studies.  He recently presented a paper on the “New Apostolic Reformation” movement at the annual Southwest Region meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.  He also contributed several articles to Wars of Religion: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict, soon to be published by ABC-CLIO.

Jeri Parris Perkins '87 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Clinton, SC.

George Lashley '88, '96 (ThM) retired as interim pastor, Palmdale Presbyterian Church, Melbourne, FL.

Susan Denne '89, '03 (DMIN) is doing validated ministry as a Court Advocate for Helpmate, a domestic violence prevention organization in North Carolina.

Jack Haberer '89 (DMIN) will step down as editor of The Presbyterian Outlook after nine years as leader of the PC(USA)’s oldest and most influential independent publication. On Oct. 26, he begins service as pastor of Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church in Naples, FL.



Sid Burgess '90 retired as pastor of Edgewood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL.

William Platt '91 retired as pastor of Jesup Presbyterian Church, Jesup, GA.

Paul Evans '92 retired in Gainesville, GA.

Greg McMinn '93 is interim pastor at Timberridge Presbyterian Church, McDonough, GA.

Jeff Beebe '94 completed an interim at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Titusville, FL and is now supervisor at Daytona Special Gathering Ministries.

Kathy Dawson '94 has been chosen 2015 Educator of the Year by the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators. This is one of the largest Christian Education organizations in North America and includes not only the PC(USA) but many other Reformed churches. She will be honored at the 2015 annual event which will gather over 1,000 persons in February in Baltimore.  The Advocate (which is the organization's newsletter) has a feature article about Kathy here:

Dana Hughes '94 is interim pastor at Smyrna Presbyterian Church, Conyers, GA.

Peggy Hinds '94, '12 (DMIN) has written a workbook for Ruling Elders, available through Congregational Ministries Publishing.  There are two volumes: Ruling Elders: Formation, and Ruling Elders: Transformation. Peggy wrote the second volume.

Becky Burton '97, '05 (DMIN) is interim pastor at Hillside Presbyterian Church, Decatur, GA.

Frank '97 (DMIN) and Ann Aichinger '97 (THM) have a new call as co-interim pastors at Central Presbyterian Church, Bristol, VA.

Ashley Beaty Perry '98 has relocated to Ocean Springs, MS, after 3 years in Germany. She is continuing her DMIN studies at Columbia.

Dennis Reid '99 is Florida Mission Advancement Officer for Thornwell Home for Children.

Steve Voris '99 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Carlsbad, NM.

Beth Yarborough '99, '13 (DMIN) married Mike Fanning March 26, 2014.  She is stated supply at Williston Presbyterian Church, Williston, SC.



Kathy Crighton '00 retired as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Plattsburgh, NY. She and her husband are back home in New Orleans.

David Rice '00 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Wooster, OH.

Jane Fahey '01 is coordinator of the pastoral residency program at Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA.

Rodney Norris '01 is pastor of Rogersville Presbyterian Church, Rogersville, TN.

Blair Beaver '02 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Bay Minette, AL.

Katie Ricks '02 is a teaching assistant at Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC.

Doug Cushing '03 (DMIN) is organizing pastor of The Bridge Presbyterian Church, Leland, NC. This is the first new church development of the Coastal Carolina Presbytery in 19 years.  He also has a new book published by Pinnacle Press entitled Where There’s No Road At All: Adventures in Church Planting.

Betsy Goehrig '03 (DMIN) is pastor of Disciples of Christ Church, a new church development in Tallahassee, FL.

Elizabeth Goodrich '03 will be installed October 5, 2014 as associate pastor of discipleship at Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL.

Kari McFarland '03 is stated clerk of Olympia Presbytery in Tacoma, WA.

Carol Wade '03 completed an interim at First Presbyterian Church, Murray, KY and is back to retirement in the north Georgia mountains.

Matthew Fuller '04 is a teacher of religious studies at Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas, TX.

Dan Stephens '04 and wife Libby are proud parents of Henry Harrison Stephens born January 25, 2014.  Dan is now Vice President of Community Impact in Education at United Way of Central Alabama.

Tina Sweet '04 is chaplain at Haven Hospice in Orange Park, FL.

Larry Thorson '04 (DMIN) is pastor of Irvington Presbyterian Church, Fremont, CA.

Schaap Freeman '05 is organizing pastor of a new 1001 worshipping community called The Well.

Shelli Lathum '05 is pastor of Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA.

Martha Thorson '05 (DMIN) was licensed by the state of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Karen Dukes '06 preached for worship at the July meeting of the Presbytery of New Hope in Smithfield, NC.

Joe Evans '06 was the featured preacher July 20th on “Day 1”, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program.  His sermon “Pacing in the Waiting room”, was based on Paul’s letter to the Romans, Chapter 8.

Bethany McKinney '06 was married to Michael Fox in May, received her PhD in Christian Ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary in June and is now adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary, teaching the Intro to Christian Ethics course at their North Coast campus.

Craig Topple '06 is interim pastor at Commerce Presbyterian Church, Commerce, Ga.

Bill Davis '07 is pastor of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Northglenn, CO.

Ashley Devore Pieper '07 and husband Scott are proud parents of William Perry Pieper born July 18, 2014.

Heather Wood Davis '08 and husband Claude are proud parents of Austin Huntley Davis born May 21, 2014.

Sara Hayden '08 is executive director of the New Church Development Commission of Greater Atlanta Presbytery, which advances its mission to Start New Churches and Live Christ’s Love by developing and supporting missional new churches and their leaders in the metro Atlanta area and beyond.

Daniel Webb '08 and wife Lucy Appel Webb '08 are proud parents of a baby girl, Gillian Ruth, born June 23, 2014.  Dan was ordained February 28, 2014 by the Presbytery of Scioto Valley.

Rob '08 and Karen '08 Jackson have moved to Greensboro, NC, where Rob is pastor of Community in Christ Presbyterian Church. 

Katelyn Gordon '09 is associate pastor for Christian formation at First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC.

A.J. Mealor '09 and wife Katherine '09 are moving to Moultrie, GA, where A.J. is pastor at First Presbyterian Church.

Drew Marshall '09 is pastor of South Lake Presbyterian Church, Clermont, FL.



Charles Reeb '10 (DMIN) is pastor of Pasadena Community Church (UMC) in St. Petersburg, FL.

Alicia Wilson '10 is director of case management services, Outreach Center at Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA.

Laura Arlowyn Jones'11 married Zach Tysinger August 16, 2014.

Emma Ouellette '11 is associate pastor of family ministries at First Presbyterian Church, Northville, MN.

Anna Fulmer '12 is associate pastor at Spring Hill Presbyterian Church, Mobile, AL.

Christin Johnson Norman '12 is pastor of Woodland Presbyterian Church, Woodland, CA.

Ana '12 and Raphael '12 Pinto are proud parents of a son, Kohen Silva Pinto, born August 6, 2014.

Alan Dyer '13 and wife Erin are proud parents of a son, Sam, born September 3, 2014.

Will Norman '13 is organizer and coordinator for Grace Partners, a new outreach program to create a new worshipping community from Grace Presbyterian Church, Walnut Creek, CA.

Rachel Whaley Pate '13 was featured in an article entitled “Road Map to Ministry” in the August issue of Presbyterians Today.

Leigh Campbell Taylor '13 is associate pastor of Newnan Presbyterian Church, 

Daniel Vanek '13 is staff chaplain at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA.

Chris Vogado '13 and Rachel Hood '13 were married on the campus of Columbia Theological Seminary July 26, 2014.

Brian Copeland '14 will be installed September 14, 2014 as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Eufaula, AL.

Jason Edwards '14 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Cornelia, GA. He was ordained June 29th at First Presbyterian Church, Moultrie, GA.

Stephen Fearing '14 is the new pastor at Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, Shelter Island, NY and was ordained July 27, 2014.

Becky Purcell '14 was ordained and installed as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Prairie Grove, AR August 24, 2014.

Courtney Stevens '14 is associate pastor of youth and young adult ministry at Highland Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, NC.

Joseph Taber '14 was ordained and installed August 8, 2014, as pastor of Presbyterian Church of Lowell, NC.



In Memoriam

C. Phillip Buss '52


November 12, 2013

R. Thomas Cheely ‘69


May 7, 2014

E. Gil Clary, Jr. '52


August 24, 2013

Ed Cooley '88, '93 (DMIN)


May 22, 2014

Julian F. Craig, Jr. ‘53


June 28, 2014

James G. Edwards '60


July 6, 2014

Leroy P. Gwaltney III '55


May 29, 2014

Ira G. Howard '85 (DMIN)


December 8, 2013

Gary Eugene Laird '98 (DMIN)


March 6, 2010

Franklin McCraven '66


May 26, 2013

Arthur Pflug '61


July 13, 2014

Michael Prewitt '10 (DMIN)


July 12, 2014

James Spencer '54


December 9, 2013

W. F. Wadsworth '53


December 15, 2013